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New Jersey will replace all its lead water pipes within the next decade in a new plan to comprehensively address the longstanding health hazard lurking in homes and schools throughout the state.
As part of a three-bill package signed Thursday by Gov. Phil Murphy, water companies will be allowed to raise rates on property owners to pay for the pipe replacements, though it's possible federal funds could help cover the estimated $2.65 billion undertaking.
Murphy's signature comes nearly two years after he pledged "a truly comprehensive and whole-of-government approach to removing the danger of lead" because it was "simply unconscionable" for children to be exposed to the toxic metal.
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